While rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated, I have been absent for a while. And with a trip to Wrigley Field in the works for this weekend, I figured now was as good a time as any to get back into the Blogosphere.
Anyway, I stumbled across this piece on MSNBC, in which Matt Hayes ranks the SEC's Top 5 football players by position. He makes some interesting and obvious choices throughout, but it's definitely worth the read.
One of the most telling things about the SEC this year may be the lack of quality QBs in the league this year. Hayes ranks them:
1. Tim Tebow, Florida
2. Matthew Stafford, Georgia
3. John Parker Wilson, Alabama
4. Casey Dick, Arkansas
5. Jonathan Crompton, Tennessee
Dick's numbers should improve in Petrino's gimmick offense, but is he really a top 5 QB in the league? And with DJ Hall gone now, is JPW really a threat at all? Crompton through for 97 yards last year - 49 on one play - and had a 1/2 TD/INT ratio. Ole Miss' Jevan Snead and whoever wins the starting job in Baton Rouge also stand as good a chance as anyone to end up on the postseason Top 5 SEC QB list.
Another interesting comment made is about the kickers. He lists AU kicker Wes Byrum as one of the top 5 in the SEC, but then says he wouldn't want any SEC kicker in with the game on the line. The Gators might disagree with that one...